Wine Wednesday: Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville Vineyard doesn't just have a Northern Italy-inspired aesthetic; it also has a very American past. Governor James Barbour's mansion was designed by Thomas Jefferson, and you can tour the ruins.

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Barboursville Vineyard doesn't just have a Northern Italy-inspired aesthetic; it also has a very American past. Governor James Barbour's mansion was designed by Thomas Jefferson, and you can explore the ruins.
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Barboursville Vineyard sits on more than 800 acres, eight miles from James Madison's Montpelier at 17655 Winery Road in Barboursville, Va.
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The vineyard overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains to the West, with about 150 acres under vine. The winery was named after Gov. James Barbour, whose mansion sits in ruins on the vineyards grounds.
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The mansion -- designed by Thomas Jefferson -- was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day in 1884. Self-guided tours are permitted during winery hours.
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An upcoming tasting highlight will come Oct. 26-27, when cellar sales take place. Look for Octagon, Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo dating from 1999. Regular tastings are offered at $5 each and include 16-20 wines.
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Winery tours take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. You can also take a self-guided tour of the historic ruins of Governor Barbour's mansion located near the cottages.
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The 1804 Inn, located next to the Barboursville ruins, features three distinct suites, each with 11-foot ceilings and a touch of modern charm.
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The cottages on the property offer a more cozy stay, with wood-beam ceilings and fireplaces.
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A patio made from a greenhouse: very creative. The cottages are named after the vineyard's Italian reds: Barbera, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.
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Inside the tasting room is a large open area for sitting, resembling a rustic Italian farmhouse.
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Inside the Octagon room, you can learn about the history of the vineyard through a winery tour.
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Their bordeaux red, Octogon (2009), won the 2013 Governor's Cup award. We fancied the Sangiovise (pictured) because of its more fruity plum flavor.
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The Palladio Restaurant situated near the tasting room is another reason this vineyard keeps travelers coming back for more. Reservations are required for dinner.
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Outside seating is available where you can watch the cows come home, literally -- you watch them as they graze in the pastures. Yes, really. It's that peaceful.
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The winery is open open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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